Groban mocks Rodriguez

Submitted by BlueinDC on December 3rd, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Singer Josh Groban posted this on his (verified account) Twitter page this afternoon:

Coach Rodriguez, I'm very flattered but crying to You Raise Me Up is SO five years ago. #playwelcometothejungle

Update, 3:22 p.m.: Posted intentionally without comment. Readers can draw their own inferences.



December 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 PM ^

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December 3rd, 2010 at 3:51 PM ^

Move along.  Nothing to see here.  I was trying to embed the video of Clark Griswold freaking out in Christmas Vacation about not getting his x-mas bonus but, for some reason, its not working.  Damn.  That is one funny scene!


December 3rd, 2010 at 3:43 PM ^

Josh Groban, for someone in the "inspirational" (or whatever you call it) genre, is actually a funny, self-deprecating guy.  He was in that "I F*'d Matt Damon" video with Kimmel and I've read an interview or two he's done.

That said, it seems like he's making fun of people who like his songs, specifically his older ones.  I find it "telling" that he references Welcome to the Jungle in his tweet, when he's stated his favorite song ever is November Rain*.  Seems like he's putting on a pose, which I find annoying.  "I Raise You Up" is his music. Unless he's truly embarrassed by what he's produced, why make fun of others who like it?  That's weird.

(*How do I know this, when I've heard precisely one of his songs in my life? His most recent album was produced by Rick Rubin, who works with some of my favorite bands, like Metallica, Beastie Boys, Slayer, etc, so I read a couple of recent interview the two of them did).


December 3rd, 2010 at 4:11 PM ^

That's a possibility, but I didn't read it so much as "mocking" in a negative way.  It's his song, I doubt he looks down on it..  I saw the joke as stressing the fact that the song wasn't very timely in 2010, rather than really disaparaging Rich Rod for crying.  That being said, it is a bit of a jab at RR, but it seems fairly good natured to me...

That being said, my girlfriend is a huge Josh Groban fan and might be able to shed some light on this.


December 3rd, 2010 at 4:25 PM ^

As someone posted in another thread, USC got together with Bill Withers to sing the song, "Lean on Me" which is 30+ years old.  That was pretty cool, and a song fits when it fits - hell, at Michigan Stadium, we play "Seven Nation Army".  That song is considered fairly new, but is older than "I Raise You Up."

I'm sure he was trying to tell a joke (generally speaking) but seemed to be making fun of people who like his "old" stuff, and indeed, looking down on his old stuff.  His new stuff with Rubin is apparently somewhat different (I just checked Amazon, and it seems like his fans are pretty split on his new direction,, so I think he is being a bit of poseur ("Hey, I'm tough - I like Welcome to the Jungle! Did you hear I'm being produced by the guy who produced Johnny Cash's last 5 albums?"), and I can't stand poseurs.  If you like adult contemporary music, which I don't, fly your freak flag and go for it.  To each his own.

Now, if RR played "Happy Days are Here Again", maybe I'd go with it being too old school. But he didn't.


December 3rd, 2010 at 3:18 PM ^

When b list, crappy pop stars are calling out your manhood... its time to find a new profession, its not even like it was ludacris... this is Josh Groban! Hire someone who doesn't cry at bad pop songs.


December 3rd, 2010 at 4:23 PM ^

So getting emotional because a song reminds someone who is going through one of most difficult times in his career which is negatively affecting his family in a real way, that he has amazing people around him that have and will continue to support him and be a pillar of strength and a light in the darkness for him, is not being a man? 

Wow, you're quality guy.  I can't help but think that when you die Bo is gonna greet you with a knock out punch to the face. 

Ed Shuttlesworth

December 3rd, 2010 at 4:29 PM ^

Wasn't the time or place for Rod to be reminding people of what he himself is going through.  The night wasn't supposed to be about him.

The occasion demanded that he man up and shine the spotlight on other people.  He did precisely the opposite, positively wallowing in his own struggles.  It doesn't speak well of him as a leader.

That he did it all to a soundtrack featuring Josh Groban, revival meeting-style ... it's frankly hard to imagine anything more lame.